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  1. The CUSAT campus
  2. The Kerala area
  3. Northtrip to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur
  4. Various impressions

The Kerala Area (2/4)


The city of Cochin
The city of Cochin
The CUSAT is actually located about half an hour outside the city of Cochin. The city consists of two parts: Ernakulam, where most people live, and Fort Cochin, the port area. Cochin is the second largest city in the Kerala district. Trivandrum, located more to the south, is the largest city and also the capital of Kerala. The local language is Malayalam and is spoken by about 28 million people. It is one of the few areas that has an elected communistic government. Like in the entire country of India, religion is an important aspect of daily life. Hinduism, Muslim, and Christianity are all represented. But unlike the north of India, the different religions seem to be able to co-exist without to many problems.

Lighthouse beach
Lighthouse beach
Kerala is famous for its backwaters. Together with Tamil Nadu it is the most southern district of India, located about 8 degrees above the equator. While Goa is famous for its beaches and hippies, Kerala has two beach resorts as well. I visited both these places, called Kovalam and Varkala. Lighthouse beach is located in the former. Hotels are quite cheap, but comfortable. The second trip was to Kovalam, together with Beth, Gina, Martijn, and Remco. Due to a fatal accident with a drunk Englishmen a couple of year before, alcohol was prohibited. But you could order 'special tea' instead, which would bring you the famous King Fisher's beer. Gina and a child
Gina and a child
Fun with the current
Fun with the current
The train system is pretty good in Kerala, albeit very crowded sometimes! Don't be surprised if you have to stand for more than a four hours, like I did. Plenty of people sell food and beverages on the train, so at least you don't have to die of starvation. If you get the opportunity, I'd like to recommend to take a houseboat trip. You get your own private boat, where you sleep as well. A private chef prepares all your food for the day, while you enjoy the view of the backwaters. I did a one day trip instead, which was quite nice too. Sunset at 8 PM
Sunset at 8 PM
Near Tamil Nadu
Near Tamil Nadu
Near the border of Tamil Nadu you'll find the place Munnar. I was there for a long weekend together with Shefali. Unlike the temperature near the coast, that averages at about 28 degrees centrigade, the temperature in Munnar is about 18 degrees. At night it even gets colder. So it's quite a weird sensation that you're required to wear a sweater during the day. But at least you don't need airconditioning in your hotel room! Munnar has a lot of tea fields. It is also famous for its goats (Nilgiri tahr), but I failed to appreciate them. The Erivakulam park has some great views, though. You can actually cross the border to Tamil Nadu, which is closeby. Plenty of tea in Munnar
Plenty of tea in Munnar



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